LeBron, on a nightly basis, is getting hammered. Hard fouls, dirty fouls, and even weak-ass bear hugs like the one Kirk Hinrich did to him in Chicago Wednesday (video below). Everyone has their breaking point, and LeBron’s came against the Bulls. after getting clobbered by Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson coming through the lane, LeBron was visibly upset, and his response moments later was to lower the boom on Carlos Boozer, who was coming to set a pick.
LeBron got whistled by for a flagrant at a crucial moment in the 4th quarter. What he told the media after the game:
“I know that a lot of my fouls are not basketball plays. First of all, Kirk Hinrich basically grabbed me with two hands and brought me to the ground. Taj Gibson was able to collar me around my shoulder and bring me to the ground. Those are not basketball plays – and it’s been happening all year.
LeBron James wasn’t happy with Kirk Hinrich wrapping him for a hard foul. (AP)”I’ve been able to keep my cool and try to tell [Erik Spoelstra], ‘Let’s not worry about it too much.’ But it’s getting to me a little bit. Because every time I try to defend myself, I’ve got to face the consequences of a flagrant for me or a technical foul.”
The story isn’t really the end of Miami’s streak, or whether the Bulls are contenders when Derrick Rose returns. The story? It’ll be interesting to see how refs handle opponents hammering LeBron in the postseason, because that’s the only way to get close to rattling him. It’s not like this is completely new – DeShawn Stevenson tried to get in LeBron’s head with hard fouls and trash talk back in his Cleveland days. Will we see an ejection or two?